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The Railway Magazine April 2020

The Railway Magazine has been published since 1897 and is now the UK's best-selling general interest rail title. Every month, The RM provides enthusiasts and professionals with authoritative and informed news coverage of the following: - Network Rail and the train operating companies - Locomotives, multiple units, carriages and wagons - Steam, heritage and the preservation world, inc narrow gauge- Metro and underground systems - In addition, the magazine carries frequent items of overseas interest. The Railway Magazine is also renowned for its wide-ranging and innovative feature coverage, encompassing up-to-the-minute developments as well as historical, nostalgic and foreign subjects. The magazine is also renowned for its award-winning photographic content.

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United Kingdom
Mortons Media Group, Ltd
4,11 $(TVA Incluse)
50,17 $(TVA Incluse)
12 Numéros

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4 min.
covid-19: a national and global health crisis the scale of which we have never faced before

The rapid spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus) around the world, said to be the worst public health crisis for a generation, has shocked everyone. Its spread shows how easy it is in an age of fast international travel for a pandemic to develop. The real depth of the impact was beginning to be felt as The RM April issue closed for press, but the ramifications of the disease will ripple through society for many months, possibly years. Planned events and galas over the spring, income for which the heritage railway sector rely heavily upon, have been wiped from the calendar so as not to spread the disease further. These are unprecedented and worrying times, and many heritage lines and museums will be left fighting for their very existence. Despite a package of Government aid…

4 min.
railways feel the massive impact of covid-19 virus

BRITAIN’S railways, both national and heritage, are feeling the widespread impact the Covid-19 pandemic is having on their day-to-day businesses. As the number of virus cases has increased rapidly, large numbers of passengers have been heeding Government advice to work from home wherever possible as part of self-isolation and social distancing procedures, but some businesses have been forced to close because of lack of customers. However, there are still reports of packed Tube trains. In a situation never before experienced, all train operators have seen their customer base evaporate in a matter of weeks. From around March 14, there was a noticeable decline in main line passenger numbers, and within days, as more people stayed at home, many trains were running with lots of empty carriages. One Eurostar service to Amsterdam – before…

3 min.
heritage lines face hard times as services are suspended and events cancelled

THE nation’s preserved railways, tramways and museums are facing an uncertain few months as almost all closed their doors during March and April in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Many of the annual early season events have been cancelled or postponed, including the Severn Valley and West Somerset railways’ big Spring Steam Galas and the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway’s Cotswold Festival of Steam. The East Somerset Railway hung on almost until the 11th hour to see if it could go ahead with its March 20-21 gala, but ultimately elected to stay safe and cancelled. The railtour market has been similarly affected – all of the operators and promoters cancelling trains or postponing them until later in the year. Loss of income The resultant loss of income from running no trains or events…

1 min.
up to 40 tfl stations close and night services axed

ON March 18, Transport for London took the decision to close until further notice 40 Underground stations that do not interchange with other lines. In addition, the Waterloo & City line closed from March 20 until further notice, and the Friday and Saturday all-night Tube service and the all-night Overground service on the East London line was also cancelled. TfL said this is to ensure the resilience of the regular Tube and Overground services, but also as part of the Government’s advice to stop non-essential social contact. From Monday, March 23, TfL gradually reduced the frequency of other services across its network to try and ensure the remaining services are not overcrowded. TfL was aiming to run Tube trains every four minutes in Zone 1, but warned it could reduce further. The station closures…

1 min.
tfl faces £500million virus ‘hit’ on its finances

THE impact of the coronavirus is taking a heavy impact on Transport for London. TfL said the underlying softness in demand and passenger revenue, largely caused by economic uncertainty, had been having an impact since last October, with both Tube and bus revenues trending at around 2% lower, year-on-year. During February, revenue was further affected by three significant storms and a period of prolonged bad weather, but the fluctuation was within TfL’s financial forecasting tolerances. At the beginning of March, there was a further 2% drop in ridership, coinciding TfL says, with growing public awareness of the Covid-19 virus. However, since then, an increasing number of firms and individuals have changed their travel behaviour, with more people working from home. The result is a further drop in Tube passenger numbers by 19% year-on-year. TfL says…

1 min.
government suspends franchises for six months

ON March 23, the Department for Transport temporarily suspended all rail franchise agreements for an initial six-month period under an Emergency Measures Agreement (EMA). The move comes as the number of passengers using rail services has plummeted by 70% and train operators reduce the number of trains running. The EMA will ease the financial burden, particularly for several struggling operators. For running services operators will receive a maximum 2% management fee of the cost base prior to the virus outbreak, with the revenue and cost risk transferring to the Government. The maximum fee payble will be far less than recent profits earned by train operators, the DfT says. In the event an operator won’t accept the EMA, then the DfT will appoint an Operator of Last Resort. Additionally, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said advance ticket…